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Dealing with Late Dining in Madrid


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Dealing with Late Dining in Madrid

Indy 67 | Jul 9, 2008 06:12 AM

We'll be heading to Madrid later in the year, and we'd like some advice on how to deal with the rhythm of the day. Almost ten years ago, we last visited Madrid and the late dinner hours played havoc with our touring. We began by dining at 9:30 p.m. but it was too spooky being the only patrons in the restaurant for a half hour. Within two days, we were dining at 10:00 p.m. and noticing that we were still among the early arrivals. We ate extra-ordinary food, but...

Unfortunately, we're of an age that we con't go to sleep immediately after a full meal so we found ourselves staying awake until 1:00 or 2:00 a.m. We were in no mood to wake up early for touring. Between our late night dinner habits and the Spanish siesta, if we managed to see one site each day it was a minor miracle. Now, I know that there are Hounds out there saying, "She ate well. What's the problem?"

For this trip, my husband and I assume we'll pull off a slightly earlier meal time by eating tapas/raciones as our complete dinner. If anyone can recommend a different strategy -- or offer any advice -- please do so! For example, should we consider treating lunch as our main meal? What's the lunch scene like at the authentic restaurants? Recommendations please.


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